Earlier today, 5 February, multiple photos showing police personnel with health officials in hazmat suits in KLCC were shared on Twitter
According to the tweet posted by @Panji_Putih, a Canadian citizen had gone to Twin Towers Medical Centre (TTMC). The Canadian is said to have recently been to China.
In China, the current outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has so far infected over 24,000 people. The new virus from China reached Malaysia on 25 January.
Another tweet posted by @ZulioMH stated that the person had collapsed while he was walking from the parking lot at Tower 3, Petronas Tower, KLCC building to the TTMC.
Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has now confirmed that a Canadian citizen was brought to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL)
The patient is a suspected case of the coronavirus, according to Dr Dzulkefly, who added that his officials will be in contact with HKL to get the latest information on the issue.
"I myself had just received this information. I assume the hazmat team would show up with full suits and be very cautious," he said during a media briefing.
"The patient has been brought to HKL. We will inform of any developments regarding the case. Whatever it is we will continue to be in contact with the officials there."
According to New Straits Times, the patient is a 17-year-old Canadian teenager.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Tommy Thomas has issued a statement addressing the lies and rumours surrounding the coronavirus